Thursday, January 7, 2010

John Tory declines

Today John Tory told us that he will not contest the next election for mayor of Toronto. I believe this is a good move on his part. Tory is too decent a man to suffer the political back-alley muggings he’d be due if he had re-entered politics.

Far better that he continue “with other activities I am very much enjoying including the hosting of my daily talk show on Newstalk 1010, increased responsibilities with Rogers following the passing of my friend and mentor Ted Rogers, other corporate Boards and business assignments and a myriad of charitable responsibilities with organizations ranging from the United Way and St. Michael's Hospital to Unity for Autism and Easter Seals.”

Tory said, “I look forward to the opportunity to be a commentator and analyst in the campaign to come. That will be a new experience! I also look forward to continuing to be an activist citizen and using my energy and experience to help build a better Toronto.”

And I look forward to listening to his commentaries.

I had great hopes when John Tory became leader of the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party. But those high hopes were soon dashed. Notwithstanding my disappointment with his leadership, I liked the man and have wished him success in any future venture. Now I’m happy to see him well established and safely away from politics, an occupation for which I do not believe he’s well suited.

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1 comment:

  1. Yes, I do listen to CFRB radio and I do listen to John Tory. I do think that one reason why John Tory won't be running for mayor is because he is likely to be appointed to the Senate to join Mike Duffy.